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2:25pm on Friday, 13th November, 2009:

Red Card


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been banned from the touchline for two games and fined £20,000 (ie. two days' pay) following remarks he made after a match in which he suggested that the referee was not fit.

The referees' union is of the opinion that the punishment is too light. They think the FA flunked their handling of the case.

Hmm, so the Ferguson criticises a referee and is punished for disrespecting authority. However, the referees themselves then criticise the FA, merrily failing to notice that this, too, amounts to disrespecting authority.

Ah, irony: what would we do without it?

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